It’s been a dull but still today and I thought I’d have another attempt at getting some close up photographs with the macro lens Chris bought me for my birthday last year. I say another attempt because I’m finding this lens very challenging, particularly in selecting the area for the main focus point. Out of the many pictures I’ve taken today, I’ve only just about managed to select six!
A tripod is essential – the lens is extremely heavy and it would be nigh on impossible to avoid camera shake, especially using the manual setting. Even so, most of the pictures I took outside are hopeless as there was a slight breeze and it really was too dull – apart from this lovely one of a bumble bee on tithonia ‘Torch’ – and the bee kept very still (so still in fact I thought he might have expired, but he flew off a few minutes later)!
I decided to retreat indoors, and cut a few flowers to experiment with. The exception is this delicate gerbera (purchased from Lidl).
I cut a couple of the Bishops Children dahlias – still going strong!
Also still in flower – helenium ‘Red Shades’
And finally, leycesteria formosa, the Himalayan honeysuckle – the tiny white flowers emerge from crimson bracts in early Autumn. This plant self seeds freely, so it needs monitoring, but I find it a valuable addition at the back of a mixed border. It grows to about 7ft each year after being cut down to about a foot in late spring and once the flowers have finished, it will produce shiny almost black berries.
That’s my six for this week – for more, please visit the home of SoS at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/